Chickens in a Box {Antique French Wood Box}

Hope this finds you all safe, warm and cozy…

~ ~ We are experiencing serious winter weather conditions.

But we are fortunate as this moment to still have power.

And on to a more pleasant topic!..

Chickens in a box . . what??!!

While shopping in a very nice antique shop in Honfleur, France . .

~ ~ I saw a pretty blue wood box in a corner.

I picked it up, opened it and saw these cute chicken stamps . .

~ ~ pasted to the underside of the lid.

The owner wrote his or her name in it . .

Love this leather strap as a handle . .

When I buy antique/vintage items . . I often wonder how the original owner used it . .

~ ~ did they place toys or games, or displayed flowers in it?

Or maybe it held lots of books . . or a stereoscope . .

To look at President McKinley walking through the greenhouse of the White House.

I carried this box all over the house . .

~ ~ looking for the right spot . . and it landed on the guest room dresser.

Next to another “French Treasure” . . you will have to stay tuned to that!

I just love my “chickens in a box” !!!

I am sure many of you have seen this photo on many major press sites…

source

Apparently when the driver tried to free the car from the snow, the spinning tires caused friction and then the fire…I believe no injuries were reported from this incident.

It’s a mess here . . the snow came down so fast and furious and caught many off guard!

So for those of you affected by this awful winter storm . .

~ ~ Stay safe and warm!!!


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Comments

  1. Your chicken in a box vignette is darling! As for the winter weather scene all I can say is..WOW!

  2. Cute chickens in a box Shirley!

    What is the story of the car fire? I’ve seen the photo so many times but never caught if anyone was injured.
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  3. Love the box! What a find! To my friends down south…stay safe! Here in Wisconsin, weather like this is the norm…but it can be treacherous when you are not used to it. As far as I’m concerned…spring can’t come soon enough!!

  4. How precious! I adore this box and you found just the right place for it. You found some treasures in France! Your vignette is so pretty in your guestroom. I know North Carolina was hit hard. It reminds me of Atlanta a few weeks ago. Do be careful and stay safe! Our ice, sleet, snow mix is melting a little now. I hope your snow will too!

  5. The box is adorable. Spring can’t come fast enough for me here in NJ. We are experiencing alot of heavy snow right now. My poor dogs could barely get themselves out the door. Be safe!

  6. Another great find! What a weather shot! Looks like someone was spinning their tires a little too much! Stay safe! ;)

  7. I’m so glad you got that chicken box because I know how much you love it. You should always buy what you truly love. Love the way you filled it. That sterotype is so cool. Didn’t even know that it was called that. Love learning new things through bloggers.
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  8. Your box is fabulous, Shirley. Love the blue color, chicken pics, and the way you have it styled!!
    Mary Alice
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  9. Stay safe and warm. We can’t believe the snow we are getting from the storm you just had. It is unbelievable. I love this neat box and the chicken stamps. I would wonder what things were used for too. You got such great items!!!

    Cynthia
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  10. Aaawww.. too cute indeed. Great find and a sweet spot to place it.
    Inam praying your power stays on Shirley. I know I do not so well without it. Thus the addition of a generator to this house :)Stay warm and safe.
    HUGS, Gee
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  11. I have never heard of a steroscope!? What is it? Like binoculars??? I love your box and how you filled it. We got about 14 inches since last night. have a lull now but more coming tonight!!! UGH~!
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  12. I love your chicken box! The color is beautiful- I’d love to have that color matched!
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  13. How on earth did I miss this particular photo of the mayhem going on on the roads with the snow and ice?!??!?!! I never saw it…and maybe it’s better I didn’t! So scary! I feel for every person affected by this nasty winter weather.

    I’m glad you have been able to find something wonderful to keep your mind occupied while you’re cooped up! When I saw “chickens in a box”, I got hungry!!! :-) Whatever lucky guest gets to hang out in that guest room is going to be thrilled with the eye candy! You always come up with some of the most interesting and fun detail pieces!!!

    PLEASE be safe and just ride out the storm. Oh, wow…now I’m thinking of REO’s “Ridin’ the Storm Out” song from back in the 70s!!!! :-) :-) :-)
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  14. Love your new little box and vignette. every time I buy an antique I always wonder who used it or how they might have used it. Then my imagination goes crazy. No snow here just lots of ice but it is melting today and we did not loose power. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

  15. Lovely vignette. Love the chickens, it looks great in the guest room. xoxo Ginger
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  16. Your little chicken box vignette is just fabulous! Hope you are able to keep your power, I know a lot of people haven’t been so fortunate. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
    ~Des
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  17. Hi Shirley,
    Your little Chicken’s in a box are so cute. That box is so fabulous. Glad you still have power and I would just stay home until it warms up! Be safe.
    Kris
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  18. Now that box is indeed something to cluck about. Stay warm!

    Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!
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  19. What an interesting old box. I really like how you displayed it in your guest room. I think the blue walls compliment it nicely. As our snow is melting, yours is just beginning! Hope you enjoy it.
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  20. Your old chicken box is so unique. Great find! We finally got sunshine today. I know y’all have had a rough time weather wise. Hopefully Spring is around the corner.

  21. Rattlebridge farm says:

    Shirley, thank you so much for checking in on Zap. The daily sub-q infusions seem to be helping a little. I enjoyed seeing your chicken box — it’s beautiful and classic French. I am glad you didn’t lose power and hope the skies over Carolina turn blue very soon!

  22. What a great find – I love it!
    So glad that I am in So CA – we are enjoying 82 degrees today. I would NEVER leave the house if I had to put up with the snow storm.
    Stay warm and safe.
    Mary
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  23. I absolutely love that box, and the way you staged it is beautiful. Also loved what you did to Kim’s shelves. When can you come to Kentucky and do my shelves? I’m sure Jordan would welcome you to do hers in NY too. Hey, I see a traveling business for you. Shirley’s Shelf Styling. I want to be your first client.
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  24. I love your chicken in a box! Thank you so much for the beautiful photos today!

    Hope you are staying warm!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    karianne
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  25. So cute :) It’s a a mess here too…can’t wait for spring!
    Stacy
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  26. Oh my oh my, I would have scooped up those chicken in a box! Very cool find Shirley. Terrible about the car:( Happy Valentine’s day. XO

  27. Shirley I saw the book, Cross Creek in todays blog. If you’ve read that book and like books about old Florida, then you must read, A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. He has written many wonderful books about old Florida. Also, I love what you did with the “Chicken Box”
    How cute it is!

    • Just another note….I also have a stereoscope that belonged to my grandfather’s family when he was a child. There were 13 children in the family and the father purchased the stereoscope for his children to share when all the crops were in, payment had been made to the bank and there was a little extra money. There are 13 different pictures as each child picked out the one they wanted. Being the oldest grandchild I was given the stereoscope at his death. It is something I will always cherish

  28. Oh, Shirley! I love the box and the way you styled it is totally adorable too.

    Yes, I saw that photo and what a mess.

    Stay safe in your neck of the woods.
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  29. I love your chicken box, too. Such a fun find.

    Our driveway is still frozen. Hoping it melts by midday tomorrow because we have company coming for dinner.
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  30. Love your chickens in a box! You find the coolest stuff!!! Glad to hear you still have power! Stay safe, warm and dry and Happy Valentine’s Day!~~Angela
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  31. What a neat antique box, Shirley, and the chicken stamps are charming! It does make one wonder what was originally stored in this box. I think your guest bedroom was a perfect choice for displaying this; it’s always nice to have a fun piece in a guest room; it makes people feel more at home, I think.

    Yes, we definitely got some serious snow and ice. I hope you kept your power through the duration; we were very fortunate to have kept ours. :) Have a great weekend Shirley!

    Hugs,

    Denise
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  32. Shirley, your ‘chicken box’ is fantastic! So unique…and I love how you styled it, too!
    Susan

  33. I love the vignette with the fabulous chicken box, I love, love it! What a great find!
    Wow, this snow is making me so worried as I see it on the news all over the USA. I have family in NY,NJ, St. Louis, etc and it causes me to worry so much! Hope it stops this week.
    FABBY

  34. What a terrific find… You always come up with the greatest design… Love where you placed the box and all the trinkets inside… I’m fortunate to live in Florida and not have to deal with winter, but my two loves are up in that mess… Sending lots of love and blessings up that way…

  35. You REALLY cleaned up on your trip Shirley! The list goes on and on and everything is so stunning!

    Ii take it your weather has improved greatly these last few days.m was speaking with a friend today who lives in Atlanta and she said her tulips were coming up and she was heading our to her garden as soon as we hung up the phone. I told her I was gonna bitch slap her ;)
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  36. Shirley, I am so glad that you told us that the occupants of the car on fire was not hurt. I was actually quite worried when I saw that on the news. I feel so much better now!

    Your chicken in a box box just might be my favorite so far. Are those stickers? How adorable! I’m glad you put it into the bedroom I’ll be staying in when I come and visit someday!

    Stay warm and cozy… and think SPRING! It will come to you before it get to me!

  37. Shirley, I love your treasure box. It’s always such fun imagining how that person happened to select that memorable box.

    Thanks,
    Helen
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